2/12/11 Attended a Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) board of directors – wildlife committee meeting at the Harrison Sportsman Club. Among the issues discussed was management of our public forests as it relates to the alarming loss of hunters in Michigan.
2/5/11 We held our chapter meeting. Several issues relating to our concerns over our Wild Turkey resource were discussed as was planning for the next Turkey Hunters Rendezvous.
2/18/11-2/20/11 our chapter with the great assistance from a crew of MWTHA from the Detroit area represented MWTHA at the Deer and Turkey Spectacular at Lansing. This was the first time that we were represented there. Because of the great work of the Detroit crew it was very successful. THANK YOU guys!
2/23/11 we and the Ausable River Valley Chapter met with the DNR at the RAM Center at Higgins Lake to discus the pending trap and transfer of Wild Turkeys from southern Michigan to the Mio-Fairview area.
3/14/11 we ended our winter Wild Turkey survival program. We purchased 16,200 pounds of shelled corn, distributed it to 2,812 turkeys in 47 flocks at a cost of $2,106. These numbers reflect the continued decline of our precious Wild Turkeys throughout the northland.
2/13/11 the State Chapter meeting was held at Clare. Ten separate issues were disused and consensus was reached. The State Chapter meetings are held twice each year and is the glue that holds the organization together. Our roots go back to 1983. When MWTHA was formed in 1996 each chapter is a separate conservation organization bound together by a set of bylaws and a common interest.
3/15/11 we made a $100 donation to the 4H shooting team of Tosco County.
3/15/11 we held the last chapter meeting before the Rendezvous. Discussion of the issues continued. Planning for the Traverse City Hunting Expo and the Rendezvous was completed.
3/18/11-3/20/11 we represented MWTHA at our booth at the Traverse City Hunting and Fishing Expo. Once again it was very successful with many great contacts made.
3/26/11 we held the Wild Turkey Hunter Rendezvous at Baldwin for the 30th year. Once again it was a well attended. successful event with a great time had by all. A resounding round of applause goes out to all of our members who donates their time, talents and expertise to make this event and our other events so successful. THANK YOU!!!!
4/9/11 presented our Wild Turkey program at the Kettunen Center to 57 family members at the Spring Family Fun Day.
5/4/11 presented our Wild Turkey program at the Kettunen Center to 27 adults for the Spring Road Scholar Program.
5/18/11-5/19/11 presented our Wild Turkey program to 320 4th grade students from four school districts at the Osceola County Rural Education Days. There were 8 sessions each day of 25 minutes each. Hopefully in the time allotted the kids will have an understanding and appreciation of those big black birds.
5/20/11 accompanied Senator Darwin Booher on a habitat tour in Lake County conducted by DNR wildlife division staff with contact with the U.S. Forest Service. We will report further on this in a future article.
6/1/11 attended the Michigan Resource Stewards meeting in Clare. The members have the technical expertise to address the many conservation issues confronting us.
6/16/11 spent the day at the Michigan Senate to testify on behalf of Senate Bill 412 that has been introduced on our behalf. A full report on this bill will be made when it runs it’s course.
6/25/11 attended the MUCC convention at Mt. Pleasant. We hold 2 votes at convention and they were used in the best interest of MWTHA.
7/16/11 attended the NWTF board of directors meeting at Cadillac. Had an opportunity to address the opposition to S.B 412 by two of their leaders.
7/22/11-7/23/11 represented MWTHA at the first Sportsman’s Expo in Clare at our booth. Each day we presented a turkey hunting and calling seminar. As usual it gave us an opportunity to talk to and obtain information from sportsmen with like interests.